Step inside Alex and Corban’s cosy Christmas style

With no room for a traditional Christmas tree, Alex came up with this delightful festive scheme that’s perfect for a small space 


Step inside Alex and Corban’s cosy Christmas style

I love Christmas! I always have. When I was younger, we’d get to the first week of October and I’d start planning how I was going to decorate my bedroom for Christmas! Things haven’t really changed and I’m just as eager to prepare for the festivities – but this year I was faced with a dilemma over space. We are currently living in a small unit which doesn’t allow for a large Christmas tree set-up, so I have found a few alternative and fun ways to bring plenty of festive flair to a living area without taking up too much room.

A wall painted in a sophisticated and rich dark grey (Dulux ‘Rawene’) provides a fantastic backing for my display of Christmas decorations; the surprisingly warm colour supplies that cosy, festive feeling and makes the green, red and white stand out beautifully.


With no floor space for a big tree, I strung an artificial cedar garland along the wall and hung my tree decorations on this instead. It’s a simple yet striking display that would also work well in an entryway or dining area – and I love the fact that I can reuse the garland in all sorts of ways all year round.

To get our Christmas tree fix, we have this gorgeous mini version in a cloth-wrapped pot, which usually sits on the console but would look equally cute on a coffee table or entertainment unit. It only needs a bell garland or a few small baubles and fairy lights and it’s done.


A little thought to colour co-ordination ties the scheme together. I matched our DIY santa sacks to the sofa cushions for a nice cohesive colour story – a super-easy way to get the colours right within your chosen Christmas scheme. The sacks are simply pillowcases stuffed with goodies and tied up with rope and homemade woollen tassels.

Well, this is a sneak peek of what our Christmas will look like. Austen is getting a lot bigger now and is ready to tear those presents open! From our family to yours, we wish you all a very merry Christmas.


Shop the look

+ Wall painted in Dulux ‘Rawene’.
Evora slatted console, $2589, from Alex & Corban Home.
Halo glass lamps, from $249.99 each, from Alex & Corban Home.
Chaise sofa, $6957, from Alex & Corban Home.
Fishscale black and white cushion, $179.99, from Alex & Corban Home.
Tan fringe cushion, $149.99, from Alex & Corban Home.
Olive linen velvet cushion, $179.99, from Alex & Corban Home.
Mohair check throw, $159.99, from Alex & Corban Home.
Fake cedar garland, $109.99, from Alex & Corban Home.
Golden metal leaves, $34.99 for six, from Alex & Corban Home.
Ceramic decorations, from $6.99 each, from Alex & Corban Home.
Potted cedar mini tree, $124.99, from Alex & Corban Home.
Bell garland, $29.99, from Alex & Corban Home.
Pillowcases (Santa sacks), $69.99 a pair, from Alex & Corban Home.
Alex’s linen jacket, $109.99, from Alex & Corban Home.
Wooden Christmas tree (inset), $269.99, from Alex & Corban Home.
Basil the Fox toy, $29.99, from Citta.
Quick-Step Variano engineered wood flooring in painted white oak, RRP $135 per square metre, from Flooring Xtra.
Tassels homemade.

Styling by: Alex Walls. Photography by: Sophia Bayley.

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